|E100-1: Genesis 1 and 2 - Tim Bulkeley|
The first reading in a series covering the 100 essential Bible readings, contains Genesis 1-2. The 50 passages from each Testament together give an overview of the whole Bible. Today we begin at the beginning with the first teo chapters of Genesis. I also dealt with Genesis 1 in a previous post. By the way there is a reading of the passage (if you want to hear rather than see it on PodBible.com). There is an RSS feed for the E100 series only.
Keywords: bible; genesis; prologue
|Genesis 1: Beginning right - Tim Bulkeley|
This chapter is the beginning of the Bible, and beginnings are important. We learn why the world was made, and how God is "different". Among other structural details we will notice is this one (the diagramme may help as you listen): Day Creation Day Creation One Light Four Luminaries Two Water and Sky Five Birds and Sea Creatures Three Land and Vegetation Six Land animals (inc. Humans)
Keywords: bible; creation; genesis; structure
|Typescenes and the book of Ruth - Tim Bulkeley|
Typescene sounds like a typical technical term scholars use make Bible stories dull :( In this podcast I hope to show you it's exactly the opposite and that by spending 5 minutes learning about typescenes you can discover a livelyness you may have missed, even in a well-loved story like Ruth. (Other passage you should have ready, or look at before listening are: Genesis 24; 29 & Exodus 2:15ff..)
Keywords: Exodus; Genesis; Narrative; Ruth
|Biblical Narrative: Fraught with Background: Genesis 24 - Tim Bulkeley|
Eric Auerbach's famous quote about Biblical Narrative being "fraught with background" can sound puzzling. Here I'll try to explain it with reference to some trivial but intriguing details in Genesis 24. Reading the chapter in the Hebrew class we spotted several minor details in the telling that suggest, or hint ;) well, listen and find out what!
Keywords: bible; narrative; narratology; genesis
|E100-8: Genesis 21:1-22:19: Life on a rollercoaster - Tim Bulkeley|
These two chapters, as well as some (now several millennia later) boring stuff about wells, contsain some of the heights and depths of human experience. A birth to a childless couple, well well after normal childbearing years, and nasty vindictive selfishness. But also an outrageous demand from God, blind obedience and a few hints of something greater to come...
Keywords: bible; genesis; e100
|Babbling about Babel: Gen 11:1-9: Part 1 - Tim Bulkeley|
Stephen suggested I do a 'cast about the Babel story, so here it is :) a first 'cast about Babel. In this one I'll begin with points of view and language. Since this will have to be a series we'll follow up from there later! For more about "point of view" and "frames" you could see my Introduction to Narrative and Narrative Poetics which is not as technical as it may sound!
Keywords: genesis; narrative; biblical studies
|What is the Bible? (Part 1) - Tim Bulkeley|
How do we picture Scripture? That is what is/are the (unconscious) models in our heads as we read and use the Bible? This âcast refers particularly to Gen 18:20ff. and Amos 7.
Keywords: bible; amos; genesis; reading; interpretation
|E100-2: Genesis 3 - Tim Bulkeley|
This is the passage that makes sense of Gen 2, and of human life. Our world and our lives are broken and spoiled because of sin. Sin is not breaking rules, it is breaking relationship with the maker by wanting to assume the power ourselves. The reading of Genesis 3 is here. There is another take on this passage, talking about Bonhoefferâs paradoxical take on âconscienceâ in an earlier podcast.
Keywords: bible; creation; genesis; sin; fall
|E100-7: Genesis 15: Promises and a contract - Tim Bulkeley|
In this Genesis chapter 15 God keeps reiterating his promises to Abraham. Wonderful promises! But Abrahamâs replies are less than politely gracious. Which teaches us a thing or two about God :)
Keywords: E100; Genesis; bible; promises
|E100-4: Genesis 8:1-9:17 Sin and grace after the flood - Tim Bulkeley|
If this was a merely human story youâd expect God's bold attempt at drastic punishment to have an equally bold result. Either humanity reformed, or the rebellion gets deeper ;) But of course neither is possible. humanity is unreformable, just try making a few worthwhile New Year's resolutions to prove that ;) nor is rebellion any deeper possible. So what we get instead is a second old-fashioned word, to add to the collection of outmoded terms we began with "sin" earlier...
Keywords: bible; genesis; e100; flood
|E100-15: Genesis 45:1-46:7: Reconciliation - Dr Tim Bulkeley|
Our last reading left things open-ended - this shows full and dramatic reconciliation, an explosion of emotion from Joseph, and a clue as to what made the difference between last reading and this one. It makes so much difference to how we live if we really recognise what is going on, and Joseph can give us a clue too...
Keywords: bible; genesis; e100; joseph
|Bonhoeffer on Gen 3 - Conscience - Tim Bulkeley|
Bonhoeffer has some hugely stimulating ideas in his discussion of the "fall" story in Genesis 3. Probably none are more stimulating, or easy to fail to grasp as his thought about "conscience" - at least difficult for people for whom the idea that conscience is the "voice of God within" is deeply embedded, since Bonhoeffer almost reverses that idea, noticing that it is conscience that drives the first humans away from God!
Keywords: deitrich bonhoeffer; genesis; theology; fall
|E100-3: Genesis 6:5-7:24: Sin and Righteousness - Tim Bulkeley|
I think I've avoided really looking at this passage, and I notice that my teaching has focused too much on the signs of two source texts being edited together, and noticed too little how the story works, because like the genocide texts it offends my sense of right. The story looks different when one hears it as an exploration of the theme of sin and righteousness, as I'll try to here.
Keywords: bible; genesis; e100; flood
|Working with what the Bible doesn't say - Tim Bulkeley|
In this post I'll start looking at how we respond to the Bible's silences, often there are questions we want to ask the Bible, which the Bible does not answer. What do we do then? Some of these questions, like the one I start with produce classic biblical puzzlers ;) By the way, if the sound quality is not as good as usual, or if you hear building work or children playing in the background, that's because I recorded this post in the middle of a refugee camp! See another blog for more information...
Keywords: Genesis; Reading; Ruth; interpretation; bible
|E100-14: Genesis 43-44: The tension mounts - Tim Bulkeley|
In these chapters we see again very strongly that we are not told by the text how to understand people's actions, in these chapters we have to judge Joseph and his brothers, using the knowledge of good, evil and everything in between that is part of our experience as children of Eve and of Adam. And in this reading motives are far from clear cut!
Keywords: bible; genesis; e100; narrative; gapping
|E100-5: Genesis 11:1-9: Babbling away at Babel - Tim Bulkeley|
This is a repost of one of two 5 Minute Bible pieces on Babel. The other one is here: Babel 2: Gen 11 a straight up and down story This time I've used some technical language, but I think it will make sense, however if you do want to learn more about 'point of view' and 'frames' you could see my Introduction to Narrative and Narrative Poetics which is not as technical as it may sound!
Keywords: bible; genesis; e100; babel; sin; grace
|E100 week 1: Genesis 1-11: The Bibleâs Prologue - Tim Bulkeley|
All, speech requires prior knowledge to be understood. Usually this is largely shared within a culture. So if I say "the cat" I do not usually have to tell you first what a cat is. (Even if in the context of a novel about old-time sailors it might be a whip. Some courses of study have organised "prerequisites" courses you must take before them. Many books have a preface or prologue that cointains material the author thinks you need to know before tackling the body of the work...
Keywords: bible; genesis; e100; prologue; sin; grace
|Chance or Providence? - Tim Bulkeley|
Often in biblical narrative things "just seem to happen", rather like they do in our lives ;) But are such "happenings" chance or divine providence at work? We'll try to decide, using Gen 37:12ff. (read with Gen 39) and Ruth 2 as examples.
Keywords: Gapping; Genesis; Narrative; Ruth; biblical studies
|A Text without Contexts is Dumb! - Tim Bulkeley|
This podcast is aimed at real beginners in biblical study and addresses why multiple contexts are important for reading/hearing texts, particularly the Bible.
Keywords: bible; context; interpretation; reading; culture; genesis psalms
|E100-6: Genesis 12: How odd of God! - Tim Bulkeley|
Genesis 12 marks the beginning of the real story of the Bible. Chapters 1-11 are a prologue both to Genesis and to the Bible as a whole. They introduced us to "characters" (not least God - singular and with a capital G) and to the central issue that the Bible addresses. In chapter 12 we are introduced to Abraham, the first of the ancestors of the people God chose. Their story will fill the rest of the Old Testament...
Keywords: bible; E100; Faith; Genesis; Sin
|E100-10: Genesis 32-33: God-fighters - Tim Bulkeley|
Another of the most mysterious and difficult stories in the Bible, this time not difficult because the subject pains us, but difficult to understand. We Westerners are hung up on "understanding", sometimes it is better to "stand under" (and learn from) than to understand ;) This may be one of them! If we try to understand the story of Jacob's fight we quickly get a headache, nothing quite works of provides all the answers...
Keywords: Arguing with God; E100; Genesis
|E100-9: Genesis 27-28: Dysfunctional but chosen - Tim Bulkeley|
Don't look for happy families in the tales of the ancestors, matriarchs and patriarchs, of God's chosen people. Genesis 27-28 carry the story into the next two generations but present a thoroughly dysfunctional family. Yet Genesis 28 tells also of one of the most dramatic revelations of God and renewal of Godâs promises to this chosen people. These chapters present a powerful reminder that humans are full of and ruled by sin, but that Godâs grace is not thwarted so easily...
Keywords: E100; Genesis; Grace; Sin
|E100 week 2: Genesis 12-36: Patriarchs, Matriarchs and Faith - Tim Bulkeley|
The first week's readings covered the prologue to Genesis, the second week covers the Ancestors of Faith, the Matriarchs and Patriarchs of Israel. Here we begin to see the first outlines of God's plan to restore a world warped and twisted by human sin. We also begin to discover what it means to be "people of faith". ABRAHAM - PROMISE The first vertical window from the entrance on the north side represents Abraham and promise...
Keywords: E100; bible; Faith; Genesis; Sin